Portales Senior Center is having their fifth annual Winter Wonderland

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Beatrice Moore, left, and Dawn Kryder put the finishing touches on one of the tables at the Winter Wonderland at the Portales Senior Center. The Santa Claus figurines on the table belonged to Kryder’s mother Shirley Kryder, who passed in September. The table was made in her memory by her daughter.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Portales Senior Center. The fifth annual Winter Wonderland is bigger and better, and Dawn Kryder has been working hard since Sunday took bring a merry mood to the big room of the Portales Senior Center. “Every year […]

Plans for Portales Inn to become workforce housing

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
The Portales Inn, on the corner of Avenue A and Third Street, will be turned into workforce housing. The project is expected to be complete by May 2016.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com City officials are excited to move forward with plans to turn the former Portales Inn into workforce housing. The Portales City Council authorized Portales City Manager Doug Redmond to sign a global agreement Tuesday night at its meeting that allows the city to act as a facilitator for […]

My Turn: Navigate the cones, look here first — Betty Williamson

Portales has had a tough few years. We may be insulated from the worst of national economic downturns, but the cost of gasoline and groceries affects us all. If you have any tie to agriculture — and many of us do — the drought has taken its toll. The ongoing road construction project — which […]

Meetings Watch: Portales City Council

Here are a few highlights you missed from Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting: • The council accepted a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance establishing an affordable hosing program pursuant to the Affordable Housing Act. By adopting an ordinance, the council can approved a program that will help developers create affordable housing opportunities. • […]

Empty Stocking fund

• Today’s focus: Family M • Household members: 5 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: The mother of this family recently had a miscarriage and the family has incurred lawyer fees trying to get custody of the 3-year-old boy. • Needs: Girl age 4 — wants anything dealing with Dora the Explorer and she wears […]

Events calendar — Dec. 19

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Teen program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. The film “Elf” will be screened. The movie is rated PG. Participants will decorate cookies and hot cocoa will be provided. Open to students in grades 7-12. Information: 356-3940. Winter Wonderland — 5-9 p.m., Portales Senior […]

Police blotter — Dec. 19

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:08 a.m.: Traffic stop, Portales. • 12:18 a.m.: Traffic stop, Portales. • 12:29 a.m.: Traffic stop, Portales. • 1:35 a.m.: Traffic stop, Portales. • 1:55 a.m.: Officer requested, 400 block of North Main Avenue. • 1:59 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West 18th […]

ENMU’s Long notches third-team All-America

CMI staff Senior fullback Christian Long, who helped Eastern New Mexico University’s football team to a share of the Lone Star Conference title with Tarleton State, has been chosen to the third-team All-America list by Beyond Sports Network. Long rushed for 538 yards and 11 touchdowns on 140 carries for the Greyhounds (7-3, 5-1 LSC). […]

‘Twas the week before Christmas — Kevin Wilson

’Twas the week before Christmas And all through the newsroom Reporters were stumbling On what word they’ll type (who/whom?) The stockings weren’t hung But that’s fine and dandy, For a columnist sent us Some cookies and candy. I couldn’t quite figure What I’d have first of those snacks, So I just settled down In my […]

My Turn: Even scarier than zombies? Flake outbreak — Christina Calloway

I’m considering carrying out one of my failed movie ideas that I had for my final project in my digital filmmaking class because the message needs to get out there. I’m also thinking I need to ditch the shoes I’m going “gaga” over and get a camera for my birthday. It’s clear priorities change with […]

Portales to put in bid for veterans cemetary

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales will be putting in its own bid in a fight to locate a veterans cemetery in the city. The Portales City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night supporting the submission of an application to the state for funding from the National Cemetery Administration State Cemetery Grant Program […]

Council pledges water project support

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Portales City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night pledging its support for funding for the interconnection phase of the Ute pipeline project. The capital outlay request to the 2014 state legislature will be made by the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, of which Portales is a […]

Police blotter — Dec. 18

Sunday • 12:16 a.m.: Harassment, 800 block of West 16th Street. • 1:56 a.m.: Traffic stop, West Second Street. • 2:11 a.m.: Traffic stop, South Avenue I and West First Street. • 4:09 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 1200 block of North Avenue K. • 4:23 a.m.: Attempted suicide, 700 block of North Avenue I. • 9:39 […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commissioners

The following took place at the Roosevelt County Commissioner’s Meeting: • Five county employees were presented with Service Awards. Leroy Manzanares, Mark Morrison, and DeAun Searl all were recognized for five years of service. Vicki Aguilar and Janet Collins are both retiring after 27 and 21 years respectively. • Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker introduced the […]

ENMU men’s capsule — Dec. 18

ENMU (4-4) at Azusa Pacific (4-4) When: 8:30 p.m. (MST) today at Azusa, Calif., about 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Greyhounds lost to Henderson State 89-82 on Saturday at Cameron, Okla. The Cougars defeated Fresno Pacific 80-69 at home on Monday for their first Pacific West Conference […]

Rams’ big third quarter sinks Chieftains

CMI staff FRIONA, Texas — After a back-and-forth first half, the Portales Rams finally loosened up Friona’s zone defense. Trailing by two points at halftime, PHS hit six 3-pointers — four by senior guard Isaiah Alvarado — in a 22-10 third-quarter run and pulled away to a 59-47 victory over the Chieftains on Tuesday night. […]

Empty Stocking fund

• Today’s focus: Family P • Household members: 9 • Children: 7 • Special circumstance: The father is the only one who works in this family. The mother is busy running the large household. There never seems to be enough money at the end of the month, and recently they have struggled to keep on […]

Events Calendar — Dec. 18

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Up on the Housetop” will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Tweens’ choice. Open to students in grades 4-6. Information: 356-3940. Winter Wonderland — 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Portales Senior Center. Information: […]

Community on the agenda

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
New Portales MainStreet Director Debralynn Soza makes her new office in the Yam Theater her own by hanging photos.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The new face of Portales MainStreet is an Eastern New Mexico University alumna who enjoys running 5K races. Debralynn Soza, a native of Roswell, said she’s open to any ideas that will continue to revitalize Portales’ historic downtown. The 25-year-old mother of one will be responsible for coordinating […]

Mayor, judge will seek re-election

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Two of six incumbents of the positions up for election in a March municipal election say they plan to seek re-election. Portales Mayor Sharon King and Municipal Judge Barbara George said they plan to seek another term. But three of the four Portales City Council incumbents say they […]